Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Birding Journal Observations / July - August

Dark-Eyed Junco sighting from late June
Hot weather conditions in July and August kept bird sightings to a very limited number as all manner of wildlife laid low in the shade of the forest. Some feeders don't perform well in the extreme summer sun either such as suet blocks which melt and jelly and fruit presentations which draw insects like bees. A bird bath can remain an excellent attractor but they too often dry out in the heat, and it takes a lot of dedication to keep that source refreshed daily for birds to utilize. Despite these challenges I can report a good variety of birds observed during these months.

2014 July / August observations include blue grosbeak, ruby-throated hummingbird, Indigo bunting, cardinal, white-breasted nuthatch, red-bellied woodpecker, bluebird, blue-grey gnatcatcher, dove, Carolina wren, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, blue jay, summer tanager, downy woodpecker, red-headed woodpecker, yellow-billed cuckoo, brown thrasher and towhee.

To view past Birding Journal Observations for July / August click on 2013 or 2012 or 2011 or 2009.

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